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What are some ways to cope with the stress of having an ill child?

The following are tips for managing stress related to parenting a child with chronic illness:

  • Make sure you get enough rest and food.
  • Pay attention to your spouse and talk about what you’re both feeling.
  • Don’t plan ahead too much. Instead, break your child’s treatment into small blocks of time so that you plan only for the next week or so.
  • If you need help with the financial side of your child’s illness, talk to your doctor or hospital staff about specific options for your child’s condition.

 From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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